What is the Ohio River Basin Alliance?
The Alliance is a collaboration of over 100 partner agencies, groups and associations that includes state, local and federal governments, non-profit entities and NGO’s, industrial partners and academic institutions that all voluntarily work together to discuss their collective interests in the future of water resources in the Ohio River Basin. Water is our most important natural resource and the Ohio River Basin is home to an abundance of this precious asset. The basin encompasses 204,429 square miles and includes over 27 million people and within 15 states. The focus of the Ohio River Basin Alliance is to ensure this valuable resource is sustainable for future generations.
ORBA to Prepare Report Card on Health of Ohio River Basin
ORBA has been asked by Harald “Jordy” Jordall, Director of America’s Watershed Initiative, to prepare a report card on the health of the Ohio River Basin, which will feed into the report being prepared on the Mississippi River Watershed.
This will be the first ever watershed health report card for both the Ohio and Mississippi River watersheds. It will use science-based measures on key values and goals to help measure status and trends and help inform decision makers as they prioritize management activities.
It is a daunting task to make sense of the multitude of measurements collected in even a small region. So, in an area as large and important as the Ohio River Basin, the ability to distill the key messages from the vast array of data collected across multiple sectors is critically important.
The Ohio River Basin report card will measure status and trends for the six broad goals identified at the America’s Watershed Summit in September 2012:
• Maintain supply of abundant clean water
• Provide reliable flood risk reduction
• Support local, state and national economies
• Support and enhance healthy and productive ecosystems
• Provide world-class recreation opportunities
• Serve as part of the nation’s most valuable river transportation corridor
A team from ORBA will meet in Cincinnati in December to initiate work on the Ohio River Basin report card. For more information, contact ORBA’s Chair, Dr. Charles Somerville, at 304-696-2424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our new Chair is Dr. Charles “Chuck” Somerville of Marshall University. Dr. Somerville is the Dean of Science at Marshall and brings a wealth of expertise and a love for the Ohio River Basin in leading the committee. At our conference in Louisville, he officially replaced Carolyn Hefner who has been a strong leader in establishing and growing ORBA since its inception in 2009. Thank you Carolyn for your tireless service over the last 4 years!
The 2014-2015 Steering Committee members are:
Dr. Charles “Chuck” Somerville Steinmaus, Chair, Dean
Marshall University College of Science
Mike Steinmaus, Chair, Board of Directors
Appalachian Energy & Environment Partnership
David E. Bailey
Electric Power Research Institute
Manager, Source Water Protection and Emergency Response
Carolyn A. Hefner, Chief of Operations
West Virginia Conservation Agency
Navigation Industry Representative
Martin T. Hettel, Senior Manager of Bulk Sales
AEP River Operations
Engineering Industry Representative
Waterways Association Representative
Fred Nyhuis President, Huntington District Waterways Association
Marine Operations Supervisor, Marathon Marine Division
Gerald “Jerry” Sutphin
Visual Information, Ltd.
Dr. Harry Stone, Battelle
Dr. Earl Hanson
National Risk Management Research Laboratory